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The Weekender: What's Happening in Montclair and Beyond

Several music events top this weekend

The Weekender: What's Happening in Montclair and Beyond The Weekender: What's Happening in Montclair and Beyond The Weekender: What's Happening in Montclair and Beyond

Here are some of the events happening this weekend in Montclair and neighboring towns.   To see all the events click on EVENTS on the home page. 


WHERE: Bnai Keshet, 99 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair
WHEN: Friday 8 to 10 p.m.
WHY GO:  Kabbalat Shabbat service with a Rock & Roll beat. Music by Bnai Keshet adult and teen bands, who will continue to play after the service for listening and dancing.  Everyone is invited to attend.   

Studio Players, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair
WHEN:  Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. &   Sunday  3 p.m.  
WHY GO:   
A sensation on Broadway, this screwball comedy will leave you teary-eyed with laughter. The tenor “Il Stupendo,” is scheduled to sing the lead in Otello, but chaos ensues when his wife mistakes an autograph-seeker hidden in his closet for a secret lover, then is accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers and is presumed dead. But somehow, the show must go on! What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identities, backstage shenanigans, double entendres and innuendoes – a roller coaster of fun! 
COST:  $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors age 65 and up

WHERE: MMO Programs, 40 S Fullerton Ave,, Montclair 
WHEN: Saturday  10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Come join the fun at the second annual MMO Kids' Carnival!  We will have pony rides, bouncy houses, live music, carnival games and food. All proceeds will benefit this non-profit preschool's playground improvement fun. 

WHERE: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair
WHEN: Saturday  1 p.m.
WHY GO Come out to meet Lisa Verge Higgins and pick up a copy of her latest novel, ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES ANOTHER! She'll be signing copies & greeting her fans at Watchung Booksellers. 

WHERE: The Café at the Montclair Public Library
WHEN: Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO: All ages and skill levels are welcome to play chess on Saturday afternoons. This is a drop-in group, no registration is required.

: The Salvation Army, 13 Trinity Place, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday  3 p.m.
WHY GO: Jazz House Kids presents its end-of-year spring concert. Families, friends, and music lovers are invited to come out to hear the award-winning student ensembles. 

: Hillside School, 54 Orange Road, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday  3 p.m.
WHY GO: Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) will present the talented dancers of The Performance Workshop Ensemble, along with other scholarship students from SMAPA. SMAPA is celebrating 16 years as a non-profit arts education organization serving Montclair and neighboring communities.  All proceeds from this concert will benefit Scholarship Funds which serve hundreds of children each year.  This year SMAPA has chosen to honor Samuel Huber for his consistent commitment and support of SMAPA and the Performance Workshop Ensemble over the past 16 years.  SMAPA is proud to graduate 3 senior members, Marisa Illingworth, Lauren Bomberg and Shannon Toomey all of whom will attend colleges or universities in the fall.  This year’s theme is IMAGINE
COST:  $20 General Admission; $10 children (3-17) and senior citizens 



WHERE: West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell
WHEN:  Friday & Saturday   9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHY GO:  Janet has been a resident of Caldwell for more than 17 years. While she has always been fascinated with nature, and relatively recently that she realized her true creative passion: observing and photographing birds - her art has expanded to include other flying creatures - notably picturesque butterflies and moths, not to overlook her beautiful photos of trees, flowers, landscapes, as well as other animals. 

WHERE:  West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell
WHEN: Friday  1 p.m.
WHY GO:  We Bought A Zoo (PG, 2012) 124 min. Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church.   After the loss of his wife, a father moves his young family to the California countryside to start his life over. He purchases a large house complete with a struggling zoo and plans to renovate and re-open it.  Financial troubles arise and he fights to save the zoo. 

WHERE: Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 
WHEN: Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHY GO:  Community members of all ages from near and far are invited to stroll the Avenue sidewalks on June 9 to view the show and enjoy Caldwell’s shops and restaurants along the way.  Event- registered artists and fine crafters will show their work in the categories of fine art in all mediums, photography, and sculpture and fine art crafts. An eight- to 12-foot length of display art fencing will be provided to registered artists, many of whom will be offering their work for sale.  Professional art jurors will select pieces from the show to be presented in the Winners' Circle on the Caldwell Green, located at the corner of Bloomfield and Roseland avenues.

Elite Hair Team, 470 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell
WHEN: Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation supporting Team Courtright for the Great Strides Walk on June 14th at Grover Cleveland Park.  call 973-228-1944 for appointments - walk-ins are welcomed 
COST:  $20 haircuts

  Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex 20 Academy Rd, Caldwell
WHEN: Sunday  10 a.m.
WHY GO: Celebrate with us at a special brunch!  For more information, contact Meryl at (973) 226-3600 x110.
COST:  $36.00



Cedar Grove Library, 1 Municipal Plz, Cedar Grove 
  The artwork will be on exhibit from May 24 through July 24
WHY GO: An art major in college, Mrs. Hall has been practicing her craft for over 40 years. Working in opaque watercolors, the exhibit will feature 13 pieces painted between 2002 and 2011.  

WHATWHERE: 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove
WHEN: Saturday  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHY GO: The Thrift Shop of the Community Church of Cedar Grove will be open for business on Thursdays from 10am to 3pm and Saturdays from 10am to 12:30pm.  Donations are accepted during shop hours.  For more information, call 857-2762 during shop hours.


: Verona Community Center Annex, 880 Bloomfield Ave, Verona
WHEN: Friday 1 p.m.
WHY GO: Drop in on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to play or to socialize at the Community Center Annex. No registration required.

Verona Park, Bloomfield Ave & Lakeside Ave, Verona
WHEN:  Saturday 7 a.m. to Noon
WHY GO:  The Valerie Fund's mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders.  To register go to: http://­www.­theva­leriefund.­org/­walk2012
COST:  $25

: 1st Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Ave, Verona
WHEN: Saturday  9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Our mission starts and ends with helping you achive your weight loss or fitness goals in a fun, supportive, community rich with people who will encourage you towards your goals. Our free workouts are on Thursdays @ 7pm and Saturdays @ 9am 

WHERE: Congregation Beth Ahm of West Essex, 56 Grove Ave, Verona
WHEN: Sunday  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHY GO: Big yard sale. Jewelry, clothing, books, DVDs, household items, more. Browsers welcome.



WHERE:  Peter Francisco Park, Newark
WHEN:   Friday, Saturday, Sunday
WHY GO  Friday, June 8th: Festivities kick-off Friday with a concert in Peter Francisco Park by popular Portuguese Folklore singer, Quim Barreiros at 9:30pm. 
Saturday, June 9th: You will find a Sidewalk Sale by Ferry Street businesses. 
From 12pm-11pm – you will find local DJ’s, dance groups and performances at the Peter Francisco Park stage. 
At 3pm they will transmitted on a large screen – the Portugal vs. Alemanha game, part of the European Championship Tournament Cup. 
Sunday, June 10th: Sunday morning there will races for adults and children. A 5k race starts at 9am from the Iberia Restaurant Parking Lot ($20 registration day of race) – winners get a mountain bike.  There are also Kiddie dash starting at 9:45am for children 8 and under. All participants will receive medals. 
The official Parade starts on Ferry Street at 3pm but there will be performance all day from 12-9pm on the Peter Francisco Park stage. 

WHERE:  Newark Symphony Hall, 1030 Broad Street, Newark
WHEN:    FRIDAY   5 p.m. to Midnight
WHY GO:  Music by DJ Joe Smith; Line Dance Lessons with Kenny J: 5-7pm; Dinners Available All Evening; No Packaged Goods Allowed; Raffle Prizes; $5 Wine, $5 Beer, $5 Drink Specials
COST:  $5.00

:   Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark
WHEN    Showing through July 21, 2012
WHY GO:  Prints, Photographs, Artists' Books and More.  Visit this exhibition of recent acquisitions of the Special Collections Division.

:  Greater Newark Conservancy, 32 Prince Street, Newark
WHEN: Saturday  10 a.m. to Noon
WHY GO:  Join the water resources team and learn the how to's and benefits of designing a rain garden or rain barrel. Whether you're a community gardener or home gardener this series will benefit you and enhance your garden. Participants will make and take home a barrel for their home or community garden.
COST:  $10.00

WHERE:  Greater Newark Conservancy, 32 Prince Street, Newark
WHEN: Saturday  1 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  A leisure-oriented event. visit our gardens during 1-4pm for a peaceful stroll along the trails, followed by a light snack.   We'll be providing tea, lemonade and cakes, Themed guided tours available on request.
COST:  $5.00

      260 Norfolk St, Newark
WHEN:    Saturday   11am – 2pm  
WHY GO:  Hip Hop Learning "Hip Hop 4 Life" is a 6 week course of action that teaches students about the impact that Hip Hop Kulture has on societies in America and throughout the world. The Hip Hop Arts and Sciences will be taught utilizing multi-media technology presentations to guide students to find their life purpose from a Hip Hop perspective.  There will be guest presentations and performances from other Hip Hop professionals as well. For more information, contact JahJah Shakur, 908-548-7652.

Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, 608 Broad St, Newark
WHEN:  Sunday  7 p.m.
WHY GO:  The Gospel Theatre Ministry presents "HOPE HOUSE - A New Beginning" A story of hope and inspiration with special appearance by The Integrity House Choir - The Souls of Integrity.  
COST:  $20.00

WHERE:  Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
WHEN:    Sunday  2 p.m.
WHY GO:  Please join Newark Boys Chorus School for their free Spring Concert!

WHERE:  Just Fish Café Express, 57 William St, Newark 
WHEN:   Sunday   2pm
WHY GO:  Leisa Brown is a one woman band. She sings, plays the Windcontroller and gives sweet sounds as you sit back and enjoy your tasty meal.

:  Skippers, 304 University Ave, Newark 
WHEN:   Sunday   5:30pm – 9pm
WHY GO:  Come enjoy our Sunday Jazz Matinee every Sunday featuring a variety of well known and respected regional/local artists including Frank Noviello, Yotam Silberstein, Annette St. John, Marvin Horne, Bill Saxton, and more.
COST:  There is a $10.00 minimum purchase during live performances.



:  Senior Citizens Building, Belleville 
WHEN: Friday 12:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Belleville Seniors meet every Friday, with coffee, buns and bingo following.  New members are always welcome.

: New Life Body of Christ, 393 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN: Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHY GO: The Thrift Shop at Christ Church sells donated items of new and gently used clothing, household items, and some furiniture. All items are sold at very reasonable prices, which makes them affordable to local area residents and The Care Closet participants.

Knights of Columbus Council 835, 94 Bridge Street, Belleville
WHEN:  Saturday  6:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 835 Presents a Live Concert & Beefsteak Dinner for the Benefit of our Persons with Developmental Disabilities Fund. Fea-turing The Cameos.
COST:  $45.00

WHERE: Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN: Saturday  2 p.m.
WHY GO:  Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.



Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley
WHEN: Friday  3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY GO: Wii, Xbox, or bring your own DS to play each other.

WHERE: Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Place, Nutley
WHEN: Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.
WHY GO: “Sordid Lives”: A black comedy about white trash! This raucous comedy was nominated for over 30 awards during its long run in Los Angeles.   When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover's wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.  This play contains adult language and themes, and is not suitable for children.  
COST: Tickets are $15, with a $2 discount for senior citizens and students with ID.



Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield
Friday  11 a.m.
WHY GO:   Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, quilt?  Then come to the Bloomfield Public Library Friday mornings and share your patterns/techniques with other crafters!   Beginners welcome! 

WHERE: 1230 Broad Street, Bloomfield
WHEN: Friday  3:20 to 6:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Food, Rides, and Games.  All proceeds go to the building of the playground.
COST:  $1 to $3 for rides, food and games.

WHERE: 4th Wall Theatre, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield
WHEN: Friday and Saturday  8 p.m. 
WHY GO: PARADE (Book by Alfred Uhry, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown) is the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in 1913 Georgia, who was put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ.  Through the difficult process of proving his innocence, Leo and his wife find a new way to love and support each other. 
COST: $24 (Gen), $20 (Srs), $15 (Students)

: 41 Broughton Ave, Bloomfield
WHEN: Friday   8:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Come join the fun with a Great variety of Songs and Talent.  Call for reservations 973-748-6590.

WHERE: Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., Bloomfield
WHEN: Saturday  2:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Come join “The Dinosaur Troubador” for dinosaur stories and songs in the library, followed by a visit in the courtyard with a 15-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex!   Best for ages 4 and up.  No registration required

WHERE: Bloomfield High School, 160 Broad Street, Bloomfield
WHEN: Saturday 7:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Bloomfield YouthBand performs “Hands Across the Sea” with world-renowned composer Philip Sparke, 7:30 p.m. at Bloomfield High School Auditorium. Patrick Burns is the founding director. Details at www.bloomfieldyouthband.org  or patrickburnsmusic@gmail.com.
COST:  $15.00

: Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street
WHEN: Saturday  10 a.m. to Noon and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Introduction to POWERFUL techniques that increase your well-being through:
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased health & well being
  • More ease & joy in personal relationships
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Greater creativity and clarity of mind
  • A deeper sense of community

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